Happiness Club begins: Teeny tiny tweeks

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine” John C. Maxwell

https://lifelabs.psychologies.co.uk/users/3094-maya-gudka/posts/1218-teeny-tiny-tweaks

Hello, and thank you for reading my introductory post on here! So why have I chosen to set up a Happiness Club? Three reasons.

First, I have experienced the happiness shift that a tiny daily change – like the ones we will make in the Club – can make. In early December, I was cooped up at home with a nasty cold, feeling sorry for myself. I had read about keeping a gratitude journal in Psychologies magazine and decided to give it a go, committing to write just 3 gratitudes before bed. Once I started writing, I couldn’t stop! I found myself describing in detail moments with my daughter which otherwise would have become a blur. But that was just the start. Within days I was waking up feeling more relaxed. During the day, I am aware of the good stuff – as if my brain has shifted into a different gear. It is such a pleasure writing a diary and not falling into the ‘must do x’ ‘probably should y’ trap. Nothing in my external circumstance had changed, and yet I felt totally different about it all.

Second, I like that the Club is based on 10 monthly themes consistently shown to make people’s lives happier and more fulfilling – a logical structure grounded in research and in the fascinating field of positive psychology.

Finally, unlike a lot of ‘self development’ and ‘self help’, this is a social thing, so we can grow on a journey together and build a local communitiy – its more fun that way.

Our first meet is in a couple of weeks and we have a rather big group – which will bring its own challenges! I’ll report back after that…

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